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Maria Rentetzi

Visiting Scholar (Sep 2019-Mar 2020)

Guest Professor, TU Berlin

Maria Rentetzi’s interest is on the cultural history and social studies of the physical sciences. A physicist by training, she earned her PhD in science and technology studies at Virginia Tech (VT), USA. Throughout her work, Rentetzi brings together gender studies, the history of material culture, architecture, and politics to better understand the relationship between power and knowledge production in the nuclear sciences. She was recently awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to explore the history of radiation protection and the role the International Atomic Energy Agency has played as a diplomatic and political international institution in shaping radiation policies and nuclear diplomacies. Rentetzi is currently guest professor at the Technical University Berlin and Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She is president of the Commission Women and Gender in Science, Technology, and Medicine of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS/DHST); corresponding member of the International Academy of the History of Science; member of the Council of the IUHPST. Her forthcoming co-authored publications include Boxes: A Field Guide (Mattering Press), Nuclear Diplomacies: Their Past, Present and Future, (special issue, History and Technology); The Material Culture and Politics of Artifacts in Nuclear Diplomacy (special issue, Centaurus).


Selected Publications

Ito, Kenji and Rentetzi Maria (forthcoming 2020) Nuclear Diplomacies: Their Past, Present and Future. Special issue, History and Technology.

Rentetzi, Maria and Ito, Kenji (forthcoming 2020) “The Material Culture and Politics of Artifacts in Nuclear Diplomacy.” Centaurus.

Rentetzi, Maria (2017) “Living with Radiation or Why we Need a Diplomatic Turn in History of Science.” Kjemi, (6): 21–24.

Rentetzi, Maria (2017) “Determining Nuclear Fingerprints: Glove Boxes, Radiation Protection and the International Atomic Energy Agency”. Endeavor, 41(2): 39–50. (Epub ahead of print available online 18 March, 2017, open access, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160932717300169).


“Nuclear Classroom on Wheels” as a Diplomatic Gift: The IAEA’s Mobile Radioisotope Laboratories


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Selected Publications

Rentetzi, M. (2007). Trafficking materials and gendered experimental practices: radium research in early 20th century Vienna. New York.

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Cold War Seminar Series

CANCELED: Nuclear Diplomacy: How Knowledge Becomes Worthy of Global Circulation